Approx. 14 months after vintage, Geoff and Scott undergo a blind tasting to select the finest barrels from our Coonawarra and McLaren Vale vineyards that make the grade for our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. These barrels are blended together in tank then returned to a variety of new and seasoned American and French oak hogsheads for additional maturation prior to bottling.
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The aroma is unmistakably Cabernet, showing some menthol, licorice, earth, tomato leaf and beetroot.
The palate is lively and full of fruit with a great tannin structure allowing for medium term cellaring if so desired. Ripe, dark berry fruits and integrated oak flavours fill the mouth with a tightly structured finish rounding of this great example of a Cabernet.
VINTAGE INFORMATION: Heatwave conditions again caused heart palpitations amongst winemakers and viticulturists alike, leading up to the 2009 harvest. Luckily as quickly as the heat came, it died down to a more manageable level and most vines made a full recovery to ripen in a slow and steady manner. 2009 produced many good parcels of fruit and some absolutely outstanding wines were made.
|Maturation||31 months in American and French oak hogsheads|
|Region||McLaren Vale 51% / Coonawarra 49%|
“51% McLaren Vale and 49% matured for 3 years in American and French oak. Has retained very good hue and depth; this is a good wine, but why use American oak with Cabernet? It’s so obvious on the bouquet, although the power of the wine carries the oak (both American and French) along with its river of cassis and choc-mint fruit.”
James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
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